DON’T BUY GIFTS – GIVE
If you’re feeling worn out and slightly hollow after all the Christmas consumerism, take it down a notch and donate directly to those who need it: either money, gifts or time.
Here are a few ideas on how you can be a Christmas angel for someone this season:
+ Buy extra during your family shop for the food bank (Countdown has bins) or Women’s Refuge
– nice shampoo and conditioner, moisturiser or face cream may be the only gift these ladies receive this year.
+ Donate your time to a cause – see if any local charities need help sorting products, washing clothes, making food, delivering parcels or carrying out other practical tasks.
+ Go to a rest home and visit the elderly – you can sing, hand out cookies or just sit down, have a cuppa and make conversation with those who would love a set of ears and some warm companionship.
+ The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal collects gifts for those in need. You simply leave your present (wrapped and brand new) under the tree with a tag to indicate which age group and gender would most appreciate your gift.
+ Already donated a goat? Now you can also donate honey bees, a vege garden or school supplies to those less fortunate through Oxfam Unwrapped or various other charities working overseas. (Goats are still available, FYI.)